In the News:Analog and Darkroom Photography

November 20, 2017

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“As younger generations embrace vintage things — like vinyl records and early gaming consoles — more students have become interested in old-school photography, increasing the demand for analog photography classes in high schools across Manhattan…” Read In High School Darkrooms, Shedding Light on a Vintage Craft in the NYTimes.com.

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“CES, once known as the Consumer Electronics Show, is usually the stuff of drones, smart home gear and other high-tech gadgets. But this year, as thousands of people attended the annual tech gathering in Las Vegas, a 129-year-old brand stole the limelight. Kodak Aliris, the firm that bought Kodak’s film segments, announced during the event that it would reintroduce Ektachrome, a color reversal film discontinued in 2012.” Read more in This is Why Film Photography is Making a Comeback on Time.com.

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“You might have a certain image of the generation of artists who reshaped contemporary photography from the 1970s onward. Namely, a dig-your-heels-in reliance on the foundations of craft: things like analog film, hours spent in the darkroom huddled over chemical developing baths, and a cantankerous attitude toward the young people ruining the field with Photoshop and smartphones. Stephen Shore is happy to disrupt those preconceived notions.” Read more Stephen Shore on Why Young Photographers Need to Start with Film on Artsy.net.

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The idea behind the crowdfunding campaign was to create a sort of system-agnostic film SLR. The Reflex’s modular build means you can swap out the lens mount for any of the majors: Canon, Nikon, Pentax and so on. Bigger lens selection is always good, but is that enough to make people want to buy in? Read more Reflex Aims to Kickstart Film Photography with a New Old SLR on tech crunch.com.

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It looks like a scene from a Southern Gothic film.

The figure, dressed in a white shirt, stands at a lectern like a Bible Belt preacher, shining bright. Behind him the sky is Old Testament-elemental; the clouds gather with the promise of something revelatory. The edges of the picture have a curiously unfocused and dreamlike quality. It is like someone has remembered this single frame from a nightmare, and somehow brought it into being. Read The Toy Camera that Inspired Instagram at bbc.com.

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2018-19 Merit Scholarship Competition

November 20, 2017

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The Department of Art & Design’s 2018-19 Merit Scholarship competition is now accepting submissions. Submit your best art and design work. And new this year: an Art History scholarship competition! Approx. $40,000 in awards will be distributed. Deadline is March 16, 2018. GOOD LUCK!

Download the submission guidelines here: CSU-Merit-Scholarship-2018-19

Apply online here: https://form.jotform.com/CSUART/MERIT

CSU photo Approved Strobist Kits

November 8, 2017

Here’s everything you’ll need to put together your own CSU photo approved 2-light strobist kit. These are the kits I have available for loan. For the punch that these setups pack, they are remarkably affordable. Each offers full TTL wireless control. Kits like these may be the most affordable route to continue studio and location lighting beyond graduation. Links are to B&H photo.

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The bag: 33.5″ Ruggard Tripod / Light Stand Case: $14.95
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/883674-REG/Ruggard_bp_2035_Padded_Tripod_Case_35.html

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Light stand #1: Impact Air-Cushioned 8′ Light Stand: $32.95
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1258466-REG/impact_ls_8ai_air_cushioned_light_stand_black.html

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Light Stand #2: Impact 6′ Light Stand: $19.99
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/262758-REG/Impact_LS_6B_Light_Stand_Black.html

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Umbrellas: Impact 33″ White Transluscent Umbrella x2: $9.95ea. x 2 = $19.90
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/362385-REG/Impact_S3233_White_Translucent_Umbrella_33.html

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Umbrella Brackets: Phoenix US-A3 Umbrella Swivel x2: $21.95ea. x 2 = $43.90
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1175599-REG/phottix_ph87208_us_a3_off_camera_flash_shoe.html

Universal Accessories Total: $131.69


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Flashes for Canon: Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II x 2: $110ea. x 2 = $220
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1311157-REG/yongnuo_yn600ex_rt_ii_speedlite_for.html

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TTL Controller for Canon: Yongnuo Wireless Transmitter YN-E3-RT: $75
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1090139-REG/yongnuo_yn_e3_rt_yongnuo_wireless_speedlite_transmitter.html/pageID/accessory

Complete Canon Kit: $426.69


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Flash #1 and Controller for Nikon: Yongnuo YN685 Speedlight and Controller: $139.95
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1247857-REG/yongnuo_yn685_wireless_ttl_speedlite.html

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Flash #2 for Nikon: Yongnuo YN685 Speedlight: $104.88
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1247484-REG/yongnuo_yn685_n_yn685_wireless_ttl_speedlite.html

Complete Nikon Kit: $376.52


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Flashes for Sony: Godox TT685S Thinklite x 2: $110ea. x 2 = $220
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1341882-REG/godox_tt685s_ttl_camera_speedlite.html

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Transmitter for Sony: Godox X1T-S: $46
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1341960-REG/godox_x1t_s_ttl_remote_controller.html/pageID/accessory

Complete Sony Kit: $397.69


Am I forgetting anything? Oh, yes. BATTERIES. These kits each use 10 AAA batteries to operate. I highly recommend investing in a couple sets of rechargeable AAAs. If you have 20 and a charger, you’ll always be in business.

And while these kits are affordable, they aren’t free. You can surely put together even less expensive kits with items purchased from amazon.com or eBay. However, these sites don’t give you the detailed specifications to be confident that they will work as wireless TTL for you. You can go much cheaper with non-dedicated non-TTL kits, or with optical slaves. Here is our attempt to put together the most inexpensive TTL kit from a couple years ago.

Finally, here’s a super cheap kit that I put together from amazon.com. It isn’t TTL, but would do the trick on a budget:

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The strobes + transmitters, receivers, modifiers and remote: $109.95
https://www.amazon.com/Neewer-NW565EX-Display-Speedlite-include/dp/B00O0NMDYE/ref=sr_1_19?ie=UTF8&qid=1510196395&sr=8-19&keywords=neewer+flash

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Light stands, umbrellas, brackets and bag: $39.99
https://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Digital-Removable-Umbrella-Yongnuo/dp/B01E6RPMHI/ref=sr_1_27?ie=UTF8&qid=1510196395&sr=8-27&keywords=neewer+flash

Complete Kit: $149.94

 

Taxel Image Group Seeking Photo Interns

November 6, 2017

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Taxel Image Group offers intern positions for college photography majors coordinated with the winter-spring, summer, and fall-winter terms.

The program is personalized, with a commitment of 10 – 20 hours per week for approximately 15 weeks.

Interns observe and participate in all aspects of the studio operation. Students come from Kent State University, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland Institute of Art, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio University, and other institutions, meeting the internship requirements of their curriculum.

There is no monetary compensations for this program.

Interviews for the internship are conducted year round. Students who are interested in this program can schedule an appointment by email or phone.

Please contact Anna Wallace-Birchler at 216-431-2400, anna@taxelimagegroup.com to schedule a time for an in person application and interview.

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Taxel Image Group’s studio.

Glenville Exchange with Dawoud Bey

October 26, 2017

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The Glenville Exchanges with Dawoud Bey
November 2, 2017 @ 6:00pm
FRONT Porch
1470 E. 105th St.
Cleveland, OH

Dawoud Bey (b. 1953, New York, NY) began his career as an artist in 1975 with a series of photographs, “Harlem, USA,” that were later exhibited in his first one-person exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979. Since that time exhibitions have included a mid-career survey of his work, “Dawoud Bey: Portraits 1975-1995,” and a survey exhibition in 2012 “Dawoud Bey: Picturing People.” Additionally, Bey’s critical writings include High Times Hard Times: New York Painting, 1967- 1975, The Van DerZee Studio, and David Hammons: Been There Done That. In 2018 a major forty-year retrospective monograph, Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply, will be published by the University of Texas Press.

Dawoud Bey photographs people and things that may otherwise be taken for granted. A 2017 MacArthur Fellow recipient, Bey features subjects who he says “are not always in the larger social conversation.” For the FRONT Triennial, Dawoud Bey’s exhibition will expand the notion of the documentary nature of photography and question the limits of historical reportage. More about Dawoud Bey.

At The Glenville Exchanges, Bey will have a dialog with youth photographers Jasmine, 17, Lai Lai, 17 and Yonnie, 19, who themselves are sometimes the subjects, to find voice through the lens of a camera. Often, these youth do not have the historical knowledge, coping skills, or benefits of having open, honest dialogue, and so have found expression in Shooting Without Bullets. The arts-based program, brain-child of artist-activist and youth advocate, Amanda King, assists black and brown teens to process complex social problems experienced by them and provides a radical platform to speak through artistic expression. More about this event.

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Strobist Lighting 101

October 16, 2017

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Welcome to Lighting 101. You may not realize it yet, but you have just stepped through a door that may change your photography forever.

Over the past few years, over four million people from nearly every country in the world have begun their lighting education right here. And if they can do it, you can do it.

Photography is literally writing with light. As you read through Lighting 101 you’ll learn how to control every aspect of your electronic flash. If you can imagine it, you’ll be able to create it.

You’ll learn how to take the removable flash that you probably already have on the top of your camera and use it off-camera to make beautiful, more three-dimensional photos. Once you learn the basics of controlling light, you’ll quickly see that most lighting is intuitive, easy and fun.
The Good News: The Gear Doesn’t Cost Much

Basic lighting gear is also refreshingly inexpensive. If you have a camera, lens and flash you have already done the spendy part. The gear needed to take your light off-camera is very inexpensive compared to your camera, your flash or even a single lens.

You can even make a lot of light modifiers yourself for next to nothing. Believe it or not, the photo above was done with a homemade light modifier. Sam Simon covered the opening of a shoe box with some paper and stuck his flash in a hole in the back. How cool is that.

For the most part, it’s the location of the light that is most important. By getting your flash off-camera, your images become more three-dimensional, more textural and more professional looking. All of the photos on this page were made by Strobist readers—who very recently may well have been exactly where you are right now—working with small flashes.

READ STROBIST’S LIGHTING 101

Setting up Nikon’s Wireless Flash

Learn more about firing your flash off-camera using your built-in flash:

https://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-trigger-an-off-camera-flash-with-the-pop-up-flash/

Here’s a link to the old TTL Two Speedlight Studio we put together on a budget. We’ll be putting together an updated kit in an upcoming class soon:

https://csuphoto.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/affordable-speedlite-studio-options/

FREE CMA 1-year Membership for CSU Art and Design

October 9, 2017

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Cleveland State University has entered into a partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art. As a perk, current CSU Art and Design majors are eligible to free one-year memberships to CMA.

Benefits include:

  • Free, unlimited admission to select CMA ticketed exhibitions
  • 50% off admission to ticketed events for members’ guests
  • Discounts to events and programs
  • Priority registration and discounts for art classes
  • 15% discount at the museum store
  • 10% discount at the museum restaurant and cafe
  • Flat rate parking ($6)
  • Invitations to members-only special exhibition Preview Days
  • Subscription to Cleveland Art members magazine
  • Research library privileges

To claim your free membership, visit Cleveland Museum of Art Membership Registration page.

Nikon D850: Just for Men?

September 16, 2017

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To promote a new camera, Nikon enlisted 32 photographers from Asia, Africa and the Middle East to try it out and tell their stories on the company’s website.

But Nikon couldn’t — or didn’t — find any women to participate. All 32 were men. Read more from the New York Times.

Evelyn Hockstein is vice-president of the Women Photojournalists of Washington, a non-profit created to promote the role of women in photojournalism, foster their professional success, and mentor emerging photographers. She has offered her services to identify female candidates for Nikon’s campaign. Read more from The Guardian.

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This has led some commentators to raise the inevitable question: When will the girl version be released? Read more on Fstoppers.com.

Cleveland Print Room Exhibition

September 2, 2017

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Cleveland Print Room
Laura Ruth Bidwell and Lissa Rivera Joint Exhibition
Opening: Friday, Sep 8, 5-9pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, Sep 9, 4-5:30pm

Cleveland Print Room is excited to host a joint exhibition featuring the Cleveland debut of internationally-shown, NYC-based artist Lissa Rivera, and new work by Cleveland artist Laura Ruth Bidwell.

“Beautiful Boy,” the ongoing project of Lissa Rivera, focuses, as she writes, “on my domestic partner as muse, documenting our exploration of femininity and the nuances of photography as a transformative medium. I am using photography as a testing ground for my partner, who is genderqueer, to visualize multiple feminine identities. The photographs provide a canvas to investigate the visual language of womanhood that I was raised with, and that my partner is only beginning to explore. Through watching movies, listening to music and viewing countless photographs, I‘ve absorbed an archive of techniques to share. The photographs recall childhood fantasies of dressing up, tapping into deep-seated narratives about desire, beauty, freedom and cultural taboo. Although our emotional relationship is private and real, we perform a romanticism that is obsessive and decadent. The fantasy of dressing up transforms the experience of being photographed into one that fuses identity-creation with image-creation.” Rivera is represented by ClampArt. For further information on Lissa Rivera, see http://www.lissarivera.com/

About her new work for this exhibition, from her Gratiot series, Laura Ruth Bidwell states, “GRATIOT is a name. A place. A state of mind. Gratiot is a photographic project based on the fictional lives of Charles and Victoire Chouteau Gratiot, immortals who have navigated and thrived by night, across three centuries.” For further information on Laura Ruth Bidwell, see  http://www.laurabidwell.com/

Please join us for the opening this September. The exhibition runs from September 8 to November 4.

 

 

Back Button Auto Focus

August 16, 2017

 

How to set for different camera makes:
http://blog.creativelive.com/back-button-focus-use-and-setup/